There’s more than one meaning for the word jazz…
Don’t bother looking it up, I’ve got it right here; "insincere, exaggerated, or pretentious talk."
And where the neverending saga of fallen Plaza area jazz club Jardine’s is concerned there’s been plenty of that.
Let’s think briefly about the lies, tabloid TV, confusion and subterfuge that’s gone down at Jardine’s since last November when the you-know-what hit the fan. The interested parties that have come and seemingly gone. The catty behind-the-scenes dealings that went awry. Larger than life personalities reduced to cartoon-like, lowest common denominators. And lastly, of the endlessness of it all.
We good? Now here’s the latest.
A week ago Jardine‘s founder and former owner Greg Halstead fired off an angry email to the leasing agent for Jardine’s space:
"As you know, I have a financial interest in Jardine’s per my Agreement with Beena Brandsgard Raja," it begins. "You have a copy of that Agreement.
I have recently learned that you will not respond to messages from Paul Wilson regarding his interest in buying Jardines. Wilson has been interested in buying Jardine’s since early January and that you, of late, will not respond to either his phone messages or his e-mails.
I have been told that Robert McCain and Joseph Fulgenzi are no longer pursuing to lease the Jardine space because of, according to them, your failure to communicate with in a timely or professional manner.
I also understand the Matt Jones, proprietor of the Phoenix Jazz Club is no longer interested in buying Jardine’s because of your refusal to communicate with him.
I stopped trying to contact you roughly 10 weeks ago because you would not return my phone calls or respond to my e-mails…"
Got all that?
Raja, however, begs to differ.
"He calls me all the time," she says of the leasing agent for Jardine’s space. "And I talked to him today, too. He’s one of the greatest property managers I’ve ever had."
As for the other players mentioned in Halstead’s missive, "You know what?" Raja says. "The gay guys got plenty of calls back – that’s bullshit. And Matt from the Phoenix met with (the agent) at Jardine’s, I was there. What is Greg talking about?"
Jones is no longer interested in Jardine’s, Raja says. "And I haven’t talked to the gay guys for a month or more," she adds.
Speaking of which, my last contact with McCain was a text on March 28th reading; "spoke to halstead today, have a call out to american century. funny how things all changed today after we did all the due diligence"
McCain did not respond to requests for comment today and yesterday on whether or not he was still in the running for Jardine’s or if he’d heard recently from the leasing agent for the space.
The latest from Jardine’s suitor Paul Wilson:
"Yeah, I’m still interested," Wilson says. "I mean, I’m far less interested than I was two months ago, but if eveything lined up, I’d still be interested."
On the leasing agent front, Wilson says it’s been three weeks without a return call or email since he submitted a list of seven questions pertaining to the lease to the leasing agent for American Century.
Raja’s bottom line:
"Hearne, I got screwed. I signed the lease termination that Friday, so I’m out of the lease but I still have the license and I’m talking to a couple people. And I talked to American Century today and they’re going to keep it as a bar…I don’t want to be a part of it, but I’m hoping for the best. It’s my name and my license and nobody else can get it."
That is, without making a deal with Raja first, and a ‘for sale’ sign is up on Jardine’s Web site.